MS in Event Management


Over the past two decades, the event industry has undergone a period of strong growth: as the industry has matured, the need for a specialized, skilled workforce has become increasingly pronounced. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the occupation of ‘meeting, convention and event planner’ will see a higher than average growth of 10% by 2024. Careers in event management are varied and multi-faceted, and event professionals are employed in a range of sectors: examples are hospitality, the arts, large corporations, associations and not-for-profits. The event industry offers careers in meetings and conventions; festivals, weddings and social events; corporate hospitality; trade shows and exhibitions; sporting events and fundraising events.  Best Jobs Ranking lists Event Planner at number 25 of the best business jobs.

The MS in Event Management at the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality delivers a cutting-edge curriculum, focused on the various skills event managers need in a fast-growing, globalized industry. It prepares students for event management roles across private, public and not-for-profit organizations.

In and of the industry

Learning in this program occurs in the classroom and in the field. Networking opportunities, lecture series, research projects and internships will provide you with valuable pathways to achieve your professional objectives, whether you are just starting your event career or have been working in the industry for years.

Taught by faculty who are leading industry professionals, this program is structured to meet the needs of working professionals and full-time students.

In and of New York City

Studying event management in New York City means being at the heart of the action.  Venues like Madison Square Garden and the Javits Center are world-renowned. Hallmark events such as the US Open, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The New York International Auto Show, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit, and New Year’s Eve in Times Square attract thousands of visitors each year. In addition, the Jonathan M. Tisch Center hosts the annual NYU Hospitality Investment Conference, one of the largest business events in the city. 


Study in New York City OR if you are unable to attend on-site in NYC for fall, you can start this degree remotely and join us on campus in Spring 2022.

NOTE: Certain restrictions may apply for international students.

Program Structure


A pre-semester, online course introduces you to the event sector. Students complete this course in the first seven weeks of the semester.

Elective Courses

Students take five elective courses. They can choose courses freely from three tracks: Business development, sport event management and event operations.


For their capstone, students complete a consulting project for an industry partner, or write an individual thesis.

Core Curriculum

Courses in the core curriculum provide a solid foundation of business and research analytics courses, applied to event planning, design and management.


The internship course allows students to gain valuable work experience in the event sector. Students who register for the internship course receive credit for the hours worked during that semester.

Program Requirements

The MS in Event Management consists of 36 credits. Full-time students can complete the program in three semesters.


Pre-semester online course, zero credits. Students need to complete all coursework by week seven of the semester. This component can be waived if the student has a minimum of 1-year full-time work experience in the event sector or the equivalent in part-time work. This component can also be waived if the student has completed a minimum of two event management courses in a degree program in the last 3 years (Upon review of transcript by the academic director).


Students are required to complete the internship course. Students with at least 2 years of relevant full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work, may qualify for a waiver. Waiving the internship requirements allows students to take an additional 1.5 credits in electives.


Students can select classes across the three different tracks below. Students can also take up to 6 credits in the MS in Travel and Tourism Management, MS in Hospitality Industry Studies, or related programs in consultation with their advisor.


Students are required to complete one of the capstone courses listed below. For the Individual Thesis option, departmental approval is needed after submitting a proposal. (1 course, 3 credits)

Admission Criteria

We carefully weigh each component of your application during the admissions review process to evaluate your ability to benefit from and contribute to the dynamic learning environment and the challenging curriculum that the School offers.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Priority:   January 15

International Final: April 1*

Domestic Final: July 1


Spring Semester

Priority:   September 15

International Final: October 1

Domestic Final: November 30

Required Documents

Personal Statement


Two Letters of Recommendation

Standardized Tests (If required by Admissions team)


We require transcripts from all institutions where college credit was received.


For Academic Year 2020-2021

Application Fee $150

Tuition depends on the number of credit hours a student enrolls in each semester. A part-time student taking 6 credit hours is billed $13,778 for tuition and fees for a semester. A full-time student taking 12 credit hours is billed $22,699 for tuition and fees for a semester. For a full breakdown of tuition and fees visit the Bursar's website.

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Language Proficiency

TOEFL scores are required for applicants who did not complete an undergraduate degree in the United States or in a country where the only primary language is not English.  Successful candidates achieve a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test.

For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of at least 7 is recommended.

NYUSPS does not prohibit applicants with lower TOEFL/IELTS scores from applying for admission since many factors influence the admissions decision. 

Pearson Versant English Placement Test (VEPT)

If an international applicant has not achieved the minimum scores as described above, they are required to participate in the VEPT, a 50-minute online test that evaluates English language proficiency.



The Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality is unique in offering an extensive range of exclusive scholarships to its graduate and undergraduate students. From fall 2019, all new graduate students at the Tisch Center receive a $10,000 scholarship upon registration. Continuing students can apply for scholarships each spring semester, and the funds will be disbursed in the following academic year in two installments (fall and spring). For more information, please visit our Scholarships page.